To the Galatians, Paul wrote, “For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith” (Gal. 5:5). The main thought in that sentence furnishes the title of this article.
1. We wait by faith when the gospel is preached. After the farmer or gardener sows the seed, he cultivates, waters, and cares for the plant, patiently waiting for the harvest. He has faith that the seed will germinate, the soil will be productive, and the sunshine will cause growth according to God’s natural laws.
In like manner, we do not expect immediate results each time the seed of the kingdom is sown. We show our faith in God’s word, in the divine laws for the growth of the kingdom, and in the promises of God by cultivating and watering, and by patiently waiting for the increase.
2. We wait by faith for the coming of the Lord. Jesus has promised that He will come again (John 14:1-3; Acts 1:9-11). No one knows of that day or that hour (Matt. 24:36). We do know that “unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation” (Heb. 9:28). Our citizenship is in–heaven, “from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus. <Irvin Himmel>
Some Rules from God
1. Wake Up !!
Decide to have a good day.
“Today is the day the Lord hath made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalms 118:24
2. Dress Up !!
The best way to dress up is to put on a smile.
A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.
“The Lord does not look at the things man looks at.
Man looks at outward appearance; But the Lord looks at the heart.”
I Samuel 16:7
3. Shut Up !!
Say nice things and learn to listen.
God gave us two ears and one mouth, so He must have meant for us to do twice as much listening as talking.
“He who guards his lips guards his soul.” Proverbs 13:3
4. Stand Up !!
For what you believe in.
Stand for something or you will fall for anything.
“Let us not be weary in doing good; for at the proper time,
we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
Galatians 6:9; Jude 3; Romans 16:16-18.
5. Look Up !!
To the Lord.
“I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me.”
6. Reach Up !!
For something higher.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path.” Proverbs 3:5-6
7. Lift Up !!
“Do not worry about anything; instead PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING.” Philippians 4:6
Original author unknown. Edited by Kenneth E. Thomas.